League News

Double Date
Competition secretary Rob Burroughs won’t know if he’s coming or going this weekend as he copes with a double header of League events. First up is the Mid Shropshire Junior Day on Saturday 22nd June at Albrighton from 10am. Both the Under-18 and Under-15 Merits will be played and the incentive for the League’s young bowlers to enter is that the host …
Great Grant!
Congratulations from the League go the member club Edgmond who have been awarded a grant of £24,700 from the Inclusive Communities Fund – a £9 million initiative inspired by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The village club’s mission, aligned with the Commonwealth Games principles, is focussed on bringing people together, improving well-being, fostering growth, and putting our region on the map. Edgmond …
Newsletter 3
It's a wee bit later than hoped, but MSBL Newsletter No.3 (May/June 2024) is now available to download on here – go to Admin and then League minutes. It has already been set to club secretaries, who have been asked to circulate it in pdf format to all their members that they have email addresses for. But this post is a fail-safe …
Your Call…
The League has sadly lost 3 Life Members in very quick succession this year with the sad passing of first Barry Griffiths, then John Hughes and most recently Ron Adams. But the good thing is that at least the Mid Shropshire family got to honour them while they were alive and show real appreciation for all that they had done for the …
Help Decide
Here’s YOUR chance to help the sport’s governing body decide what needs to change so that EVERYONE who plays the sport we all love benefits. The League has been informed: “The British Crown Green Bowling Association is currently undertaking a period of significant transition to develop the sport to be ‘fit for the future’. “As a Governing body, we fully accept that …
Don’t Delay
It’s last chance saloon time for any club thinking about making a late application to join the re-launch of the Saturday Division. And 1 more entry is indeed the hope of the League’s officers to give it the perfect number of 8 sides and no byes when fixtures begin on 1st June. To date, 7 teams are lined up to play matches …
Second Title
This season’s upturn in entry numbers for League competitions continues on Wednesday 8th May. The Under-25 Merit has attracted eight entrants who are heading for Donnington Wood for a 6.30pm start. And organiser Rob Burroughs was still hopeful of more late interest for a title that was won by Tom Killen last year when just four competed in it – see picture. …
More Woe . . .
It’s sadly turning into a terrible year in terms of losing legendary figures of the Mid Shropshire crown green scene. Following the recent losses of Barry Griffiths and John Hughes, the League has now been informed of the passing of Ron Adams. A past secretary, chairman and president of the neighbouring Highley League, Ron loyally served on the county executive for a …
First Champs!
Congratulations to the first title winners of the 2024 season – Sally King and Nat Moseley, who won the Dixon and Driscoll Doubles at Allscott Heath on Sunday 28th April when 24 pairs contested the competition. See report below and a superb picture spread on the League's Facebook group, thanks to League President Mike Potter!
League Plea
The League is eager to ensure that two highly respected figures of Mid Shropshire, Shropshire and even British crown green bowling – both recently passed Life Members – get the send off they so richly deserve. Officers are hoping that the celebration of the life of John Hughes and the funeral of Barry Griffiths will both be well attended by bowlers as …
New Blow
More sad news has reached the League just before the start of the new season in divisions 1-2-3 tomorrow. John Hughes, the former Mid Shropshire competition secretary up until the 1990s, passed away in the early hours of Monday 15th April in Telford Hospital. He also served the League as a junior selector and, in more recent years, helped current officers reinforce …
Sad News…
It is with much sadness that I write to inform the League's bowlers and followers of the sad passing of Barry Griffiths. A stalwart of the St Georges club, Barry passed away on Thursday 11th April at the Severn Hospice. He was assistant secretary of the BCGBA for many years and was made a life member of the association for his efforts. …
It’s Back!
A packed programme of action in the Monday divisions – 4, 5 and 6 – starts tonight (8th April) with four new sides in a 13-strong sixth division. Newport D were Monday evening champions last year and must be among the favourites to take the title again in 2024. Meanwhile, delegates at the League’s April meeting heard there was a new progressive …
Born Again!
ROUND-UP FROM THE APRIL MEETING: The League’s Saturday Division has lift-off again! Seven teams will play matches of 4 singles and 2 doubles starting at 2pm in June. The division has been in cold storage since the 2019 campaign due to the pandemic and officers will now try and recruit an 8th team so there are no byes in the fixture programme. …
Pick Up Time
It may not be an executive meeting, but the League’s April gathering on Tuesday the 2nd is vital for many reasons – including collection of scorecards, captains books and BCGBA handbooks! And they will be needed soon as the first fixtures of the season are on Thursday in the Afternoon Division and the Dennis Lewis Division. The April meeting is open to …
Best Wishes
There’s less than a week to go before the first League fixtures of the new 2024 season. But, before then, the League’s officers would like to wish all of its bowlers, friends and clubs a happy, healthy and peaceful Easter. The new campaign opens with first matches in the Afternoon Division and the Dennis Lewis Division taking place on Thursday 4th April. …
Born Again?
It’s Saturday and the afternoons will be soon be a lot warmer . . . and YOU could be playing bowls in a unique division the League is hoping to re-boot in 2024. Matches in the Saturday Division are four singles-two doubles and that means that a minimum of just 4 bowlers is required to fulfil fixtures that start at 2pm. This …
Diary Dates
Now that the League’s fixtures have gone live, the finalised 2024 Competition and Team KO dates are now available on this website. They have been emailed to the secretaries of all 27 member clubs with entry deadlines and fees, plus venues if known at this stage. Ahead of the start of the new playing season, all bowlers interested in learning about the …
They’re Live!
We are ready to roll! The fixtures for the 2024 season are now LIVE on the website. And the finalised competition and team knockout dates, entry fees and venues if already known, will be posted by organiser Rob Burroughs today on the relative pages. The Club Contacts for 2024 are now Live too! And big thanks go to webmaster Steve Wall for …
Nearly Ready!
A brand new club and 11 new teams were accepted into the League for the 2024 season at the season-defining March executive meeting. Meole Brace from Shrewsbury were voted into the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division along with the returning Sir John Bayley and B teams from Allscott Heath and Prince of Wales Hotel to give it a perfect 14 sides. Four new …